Bar & Nightclub Dress Codes

Bar & Nightclub Dress Codes

Apart from making yourself look good for a night out on the town, it is also about making sure you get in.

Some nightclub dress codes can be super picky. Girls can pretty much get away with anything as long as they don’t look like they just got out of bed, girls just have to be cautious of more formal clubs, as they don’t want you showing too much skin eg, extremely short skirt.

At Bar Advisor we try to have the most up to date info on dress codes for bars and clubs. But they do change all the time. Most clubs have a dress code listed on their website, it is worth taking a look before you go out to be sure that you will get in.

Types Of Dress Codes

Streetwear or no dress code

You are not really going to find many clubs that allow you in wearing streetwear. Streetwear is anything- shorts, singlets, flip flops etc..  


This is the most laid back you can get for a club,  pretty much anything goes as long as it’s not board shorts and flip flops. Jeans, t-shirt and shoes and you’re in.  The one problem is on busy nights as bars casual dress code can turn into smart casual dress code.

Smart Casual & beyond

After casual there are a couple of clothing items that are a definite NO.

  1. Sports shoes and joggers.
  2. Shorts
  3. Sports shirts or jerseys
  4. Baggy jeans, or jeans that hang around your bum
  5. Sports hats and beanies. (Exception: fedoras and similar are usually ok.)
  6. Brands that relate to trouble or undesirables, if you didn’t know there are brands out there that clubs and bars try to avoid having in their clubs. Just be knowledgeable of your area as you might not be aware that the brand you love may have a past or present history of trouble in that area (sorry we don’t want to mention any brands, but there are lots)

Dressy & Smart Casual

This is a dressed-up versions of casual clothes for men. This generally means if you’re not wearing nice shoes that look trendy you’re not going to get in.

For men pants, khakis, Dark jeans with no tears or holes  and a nice shirt no sports jerseys or hoodies and nice shoes leather or trendy.

For women it means a skirt or dressy pants. If jeans are worn, choose a dark wash with no holes or fading. Make sure they look neat and clean. Choose blouses, jackets and shirts that are dressier.

Club Style

Is all about looking good. Trendy clean attire

Men- Leather shoes are a must. Nice shirt, safer to wear a collar. Pants, Khakis or dark stylish jeans (check club dress code some say no jeans). 

Women- Sexy and dressy, jeans are typically out. Dresses and skirts are the safe bet.  

Semi -Formal

This is a club that is a bit more upper-class. The attire is the same as a business or informal wedding. Jeans are out for men and women.

Men – Suit with or without tie.

Women – not too revealing. Classy is a safer bet than sexy. Wear heels instead of shoes or flats.

Formal / black tie

Not too many places are formal or black tie, but there are some wine bars, cocktail clubs and gentlemen’s clubs that are. If you are on the list then you probably are aware of the dress code.

Men – Modern tux or a dark suit and tie.

Women – Cocktail dress, long or short dresses. Heels are a must.